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January 24, 2017 11:15 pm

After Fiat Chrysler CEO Meets With Trump, Advocacy Group Calls Out Automaker for Ties With Iranian Regime

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Traffic in Tehran. Photo: Milad Mosapoor via Wikimedia Commons.

Traffic in Tehran. Photo: Milad Mosapoor via Wikimedia Commons.

Following the meeting of President Donald Trump with three automobile industry leaders at the White House on Tuesday, an advocacy group is drawing attention to Fiat Chrysler’s ties with Iran.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was one of the three automotive executives who ate breakfast with Trump on Tuesday. Marchionne’s company, the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) watchdog organization said in statement later in the day, is reportedly in the midst of negotiating a deal to reenter the Iranian market via a partnership with the Iran Khodro Group — a subsidiary of a regime-owned company involved in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“Automakers have long known the risks of doing business with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace stated. “Any company meeting with the Trump administration should be transparent about its activities, and be prepared for the consequences of working with an Iranian regime committed to its long-standing ‘Death to America’ dogma.”

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UANI Chairman and former US Senator Joseph Lieberman stated, “Fiat Chrysler, as a leading US government contractor, should not be engaging the Iranian regime, which threatens the security of the US and already is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US soldiers from Lebanon to Iraq. Fiat should also be mindful and respectful of the fact that President Trump is opposed to the current nuclear deal with Iran and may either withdraw from the agreement, more aggressively monitor Iran’s compliance with it, and/or impose new sanctions on companies doing business with Iran.”

Earlier this month, as reported by The Algemeiner, UANI launched a campaign to warn North American International Auto Show participants about the dangers of doing business in Iran.

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